3 Points of View Piano Recital

Hsing-ay Hsu, Klavierhaus Artist-in-Residence

3 Points of View: Pairing Piano with Wine, Poetry, & Improv

New ways of Conscious Listening through the three literary points of view
Guet poet Calleja Smiley Welsh
Music of Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel, Boulanger, & Riley
Feb 25, 2025, 5pm ET

Recital Program 

Third Person’s Point of View (with a French vouvray wine paired by sommelier Amy Karasavas - 95pts on Decanter; non-alcoholic drink available)
Lili Boulanger  Prelude in Db Major (1911)
Claude Debussy  “Pour les agréments” from Études (1915)
Francis Poulenc  Improvisation # 3 (1932)
Maurice Ravel  “Minuet” from Le Tombeau de Couperin (1917)
                    Pause for Reflection 



First Person’s Point of View (with poet Calleja Smiley Welsh - "Ravel" - see below)

Johannes Brahms Klavierstücke Op.118 (1892)

#1 Intermezzo. Allegro non assai, ma molto appassionato (A minor)  "cavernous...spill"

#2 Intermezzo. Andante teneramente (A major)  "bells...stillness"

#3 Ballade. Allegro energico (G minor)  "cosmos...flower"


#4 Intermezzo. Allegretto un poco agitato (F minor)  "assonance"

#5 Romance. Andante—Allegretto grazioso (F major)  "cursive yes...spring"

#6 Intermezzo. Andante, largo e mesto (E minor)  "ghosts who linger"


                     Pause for Reflection


Second Person’s Point of View (with improv – audience invited to join)

An Intro to Terry Riley’s “In C” (excerpt) on its 60th Anniversary

*Bring your instrument - all levels welcome - details

Next event: March 22 Collab Showcase.
Reserve Tickets Now at www.HsingayHsu.com/Klavierhaus.
Cost: $50 Will Call / $15 Student Rush at 4:45pm pending space
Livestream Donation Requested. Residency Pass $50. Single Event - support as you are able. 

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Meet the 2/25 POET

Meet the 2/25 (highly ranked) WINE 

About Hsing-ay

Website: hsingayhsu.com

YouTube: youtube.com/hsingayhsu

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Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”)  is focused on the art of listening. As an international prizewinner, concert producer, teacher/educator, studio owner, and adjudicator, she joyfully demonstrates how to music as a catalyst to build multidimensional awareness and to make sense of the human experience.


Since her stage debut at age 4, Ms. Hsu has been performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center (NYC), and in Europe & Asia. Her thoughtful interpretations and “explosions of energy” (NY Times) have won her the Juilliard William Petschek Debut Award, William Kapell International Competition Silver Medal, Ima Hogg National First Prize, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the US Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award from President Clinton.


Ms. Hsu is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Klavierhaus NYC and at Boulder Chamber Orchestra in CO. She was formerly Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music at the University of Colorado - Boulder, where she supervised over 500 student and professional premieres, and hosted national and international residencies. She has been guest faculty at several universities and guest speaker for various organizations including a MTNA national convention. She shares her multidimensional insights with Conscious ListeningTM Café webinars and courses to help audiences connect mind, body, and heart through music.


Owner of the Nutmeg Studio NYC, a retreat for lifelong learners, Ms. Hsu has developed several unique online courses to infuse creativity into the process of mastering traditional concepts. Approaching playing the piano as a combination of energies as well as a planned choreography, her unique integration of leading with listening and multiple modes of learning produces incredible results in advancing artistry and technical mastery. She serves on the summer faculties of Kaufman Center NY, Chautauqua Institution NY, and Rocky Ridge in CO.


Ms. Hsu loves to expand her teaching modalities, and regularly interviewing experts from different walks of life to explore musical analogies on her YouTube channel “HsingayHsu”. Born in Beijing, Ms. Hsu trained at Juilliard, Yale University, Aspen, Ravinia, Aldeburgh, and Tanglewood Festivals. 

Full Bio 

Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups, Venise Vouvray Vin de France by Jacky Blot


Professional Ratings

DDecanter - 95 points

A nose full of complexity, rich with honey, beeswax, vanilla and wood. The palate is alive, vital, and although the finish is long it is quite closed at present, so needs more time in bottle to develop. The one-hectare Clos de Venise is a superb vineyard on the premier côte in the commune of Noizay. There is some clay and flint over limestone. The grapes are hand harvested with the initial sorting done in the vineyard as is customary throughout Jacky Blot’s vineyards. It is fermented and aged in Burgundian barrels, some new. This wine ought to be a Vouvray but due to politics within the Vouvray regional body they have to be labelled Vin de France. The late Jacky, his wife Joëlle and their son Jean-Philippe are one of the great Loire success stories. From modest beginnings they have built a world class estate for both white (Chenin) and red (Cabernet Franc). Jacky died after a short illness on 15th May 2023. These wines are a fine testament to his passion for quality.


WSWine Spectator - 93 points

Fresh crushed apple, dried ginger and ripe pear flavors show beautiful purity and form, firmed up by a racy beam of acidity and salty mineral notes. Full and rich without feeling fat, this is beautifully balanced through the savory, smoke-kissed finish. Drink now through 2030.

Jancis Robinson
"Powerful matchstick reduction on the nose and lovely flinty smokiness too. Dry, lean palate and tight, crunchy structure. Long, fragrant finish. Where Loire Chenin and Chablis cross over? 17/20 points. (RH)"

Vinous Reverie Notes
“With François Chidaine, Jacky Blot has been instrumental in taking Montlouis out of Vouvray’s shadow and establishing for it a reputation of its own—and a better one at that. Much of what he has done appears old hat today, but it was revolutionary at the time: organic viticulture, hand harvests, wild yeasts, barrel fermentations and no malolactic conversions” ~ Vinous Media

Certified organic. 1 ha in Noizay - One of the iconic vineyards in Vouvray. Silex and pure limestone on the premiere cote of Vouvray. 50+ year old vines. South exposure. Fermented and aged in barrel (20% new, 80% 1-4 year old barrels).

Ravel (2022) by Calleja Smiley Welsh

(Stanzas are matched to Brahms piece #'s.)

#2 Sometimes I forget to listen

for your meaning, arrested

in time just before

each bell disappears.


#6 My presence, a shell

of a thing, shot through with voices

that cut the air. The air fills


with ringing weft,

gathers the daylight

ghosts who linger woolen

and silent. They’ve unwound

summer’s clock.


#3 I don’t know how long

you’ve been waiting with a book

in the garden, pressing the cosmos

blossom’s neck between your finger

and thumb. Dew moistens

my grasp on seasons. July


#4 has a way of thickening clarity,

compelling us to ravel and ready

our longings which belong

strewn all over—


#5 You could tell me anything

in the whirling dead

of noon and I’d tumble—

the ground here muddies

under our cursive yes—see


the pollen-gold letters swell

in the hot air, obscure the road

ahead, swirl new versions

of ourselves—spring

and recede. A world both

page and palimpsest.


#1 Am I coming along, where—

into the cavernous margin,

that silence? Tell me—is it—

translucent or opaque—and

will we spill